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Author Guidelines

The journal is published quarterly, on the 15th of March, June, September, and December. The Editorial Board welcomes submissions throughout the year. The journal aims to provide rapid turnaround for manuscripts requiring peer review (i.e., 3 months) but cannot guarantee publication in a particular issue.


  • The editors are responsible for final decisions regarding publication and reserve the right to edit for brevity, clarity, and consistency of style.
  • A final decision to publish or not is made by the appropriate editor after the double blind peer review is completed. The aim is to have papers reviewed within three months of receipt.
  • All submissions to EBLIP should adhere to the guidelines set forth in the EBLIP Publication Manual.
  • EBLIP adheres to the APA Style Guide, 6th edition. Guidance on APA style can be found in:

    American Psychological Association. (2009). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

RESEARCH ARTICLES
Submissions are welcomed on all areas of evidence based librarianship including:

  • Application of evidence based librarianship
  • Collaborative and inter-professional evidence-based practice
  • Developing and applying evidence based tools
  • Evidence based practices from other disciplines applicable to library and information practice
  • Future prospects for the evidenced based information profession
  • Harnessing evidence to support new innovations
  • Management and administration issues related to evidence based librarianship
  • Maximizing the value and impact of information services
  • Research on education in library and information studies programs
  • Research tools (statistics, data collection methods, etc.)

Submissions should report on research conducted using rigorous qualitative or quantitative methods, which should be described in appropriate detail as part of the article. Submissions reporting on survey research should include a copy of the data collection instrument as an appendix. Submissions using a case study approach should include a description of how the case study can be generalized to other situations.


Submissions should include:

  1. A structured abstract (250-500 words) using the following headings:

    • Objective
    • Methods
    • Results
    • Conclusions

    See: Bayley, L. & Eldredge, J. D. The structured abstract: An essential tool for researchers. MLA Research Section. Retrieved May 19, 2016 from http://research.mlanet.org/structured_abstract.html.
  2. Research articles should be written in a formal/academic style using the following headings as appropriate:

    • Introduction: Background and introduction to the paper and why the work was carried out
    • Literature Review: An overview of relevant literature, summarising previous work in the area and highlighting the gaps and where this work fits in
    • Aims: Aims of the paper/research—it is useful to include the research question(s) used to frame the research study
    • Methods: How the study was conducted – this should provide enough information for someone to replicate the study such as how the data were collected and analyzed.
    • Results: The main findings from the study should be presented clearly and concisely
    • Discussion: A discussion of the findings from the study – set in the context of the wider literature or issues arising from the study. Note any problems or limitations with the study and how these could have affected your results and how they could be avoided in future studies
    • Conclusions: A summary of what was undertaken and what was discovered – this should not contain any new information but rather describe how the aims of the study were achieved.

  3. Research articles may be up to 5000 words in length, excluding reference, tables, figures, and any appendices


REVIEW ARTICLES
Review articles provide a way for librarians to obtain an overview of the evidence on a particular topic, and stay current with the literature. Reviews may take on several different forms, including an overview, systematic review, meta-analysis, literature review, state-of-the-art review, or umbrella review, among others. For a detailed explanation of the types of reviews possible, please consult:


Grant, M. J., & Booth, A. (2009). A typology of reviews: An analysis of 14 review types and associated methodologies. Health Information and Libraries Journal, 26(2), 91-108. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1471-1842.2009.00848.x


EBLIP welcomes review articles on topics of relevance to practitioners in library and information studies. We are particularly interested in reviews which contain information on the state of research on a particular topic.


Submissions should include:


  1. A structured abstract (250-500 words) using the following headings:

    • Objective
    • Methods
    • Results
    • Conclusions


    See: Bayley, L. & Eldredge, J. D. The structured abstract: An essential tool for researchers. MLA Research Section. Retrieved May 19, 2016 from http://www.mlanet.org/p/cm/ld/fid=517
  2. Review articles should be written in a formal/academic style using the following headings as appropriate:

    • Introduction: Background and introduction to the paper and why the work was carried out
    • Aims: Aims/objectives of the paper
    • Methods: How the review was conducted – this shouldn’t be too descriptive but it should provide enough information for someone to replicate the study
    • Results: The main findings from the review of the literature on a topic should be presented clearly and concisely
    • Discussion: A discussion of the findings from your review. Note any problems or limitations with the study and how these could have affected the results and how they could be avoided in future studies
    • Conclusions: A summary of what was undertaken and what was discovered – including the implications for practice, and any further research needed

  3. Review articles may be up to 10,000 words in length, excluding references, tables, figures, and any appendices


USING EVIDENCE IN PRACTICE
Submissions to this section of EBLIP should be brief reports of library and information practitioners' use of evidence to assist with decision making.


Submissions should include:


  1. No abstract is required
  2. The text of the manuscript should outline the following with headings:

    • Setting: Describe the practice setting where the use of evidence took place. Things to note include type of institution, type of users, environment, country, service currently being offered that you are focusing on
    • Problem: Describe the problem that arose to make you question the service you were offering. Why did you think there might be a better way to do things?
    • Evidence: Give an overview of the evidence you used to assist with your decision making. This could be evidence from the research literature or local data you compiled. How was the evidence located or collected? Why was this evidence compelling? What did it tell you and why did you believe it? Why did you use this evidence?
    • Implementation: Describe how you implemented a change based on the evidence you found. Provide practical details of what it meant to implement this change
    • Outcome: What was the result of your implemented changes? What impact did the changes have? Were the changes successful or not?
    • Reflection: Reflect on the process of trying to implement change in your practice by using evidence. Was this a difficult process or fairly straightforward? Did you encounter any obstacles? What would you do differently next time?

  3. Submissions should be approximately 1500 words in length, excluding any references, tables, and figures.


COMMENTARIES
Commentaries are opinion pieces on a topic related to evidence based practice. They should be approximately 1500-3000 words in length.


EVIDENCE SUMMARIES
Evidence Summaries follow a structured format and are written by a team of writers under the direction of the Associate Editor for this section. If you are interested in writing evidence summaries, or would like to suggest a research article to be reviewed, please contact the Associate Editor (Evidence Summaries). Author guidelines for Evidence Summaries are made available by request.


CLASSICS
Similar to Evidence Summaries, but focusing on an older research study that has stood the test of time, Classics follow a structured format. If you are interested in suggesting a research article that should be featured as a Classic, or are interested in writing a Classic review, please contact the Associate Editor (Classics). Author guidelines for Classics are made available by request.


RESEARCH IN PRACTICE
The Research in Practice column is typically written by a columnist. For those interested in submitting as a guest author, please contact the Editor in Chief.


FEATURES
Features appear in select journal issues and feature a theme or conference/symposium. Features typically have one or more guest editors, and include papers in various categories – research articles, review articles, commentaries, and editorials. Features are scheduled in advance and contributors are usually invited directly to submit manuscripts for consideration. For those interested in editing a feature, or suggesting a theme, please contact the Editor in Chief.


NEWS/ANNOUNCEMENTS
News and announcements can be submitted through the online journal system or emailed directly to the Editor in Chief who reserves the right to make final publishing and editorial decisions. Deadlines for including a news item in a particular issue is 30 days prior to the issues publication date (March 15, June 15, September 15, December 15).


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Letters can be submitted through the online journal system or emailed directly to the Editor in Chief who will decide whether to publish the letter or respond privately. Letters will only be considered for publication if they are within the scope of the journal and/or relevant to a recent EBLIP publication. Deadlines for including a letter in a particular issue is 30 days prior to the issues publication date (March 15, June 15, September 15, December 15).

 

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration.
  2. The submission is original work and does not infringe on any third party’s copyright.
  3. You have obtained permission for any third party material that is used in the submission.
  4. The author(s) submitting the work is/are the actual author(s) of the work, not a third party.
  5. You are aware that the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International license applies to all works published by Evidence Based Library and Information Practice and that authors will retain copyright of their work.
  6. The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format. Papers will be published in PDF and HTML formats.
  7. The text is single-spaced; does not use columns; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  8. All URL addresses in the text are activated and ready to click. (e.g., http://pkp.sfu.ca)
  9. Submissions adhere to the EBLIP Publication Manual and references follow APA style guidelines.
  10. The text, if submitted to a peer-reviewed section, has been anonymized. Authors' names have been removed from the text as well as from the document's Properties, which in Microsoft Word is found in the File menu. Any other identifying information, such as institution name, unit, organization or event has been removed or replaced in the manuscript.
 

Copyright Notice

The Creative Commons-Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike License 4.0 International applies to all works published by Evidence Based Library and Information Practice. Authors will retain copyright of the work.

 

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